“I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6
Music is an integral part of worship at First Armenian Church. Our congregation sings together joyfully every Sunday in a mix of traditional protestant hymns, Armenian sharagans and contemporary songs. Generations of children learn their first Christian songs in Sunday School Chapel - synchronized movements and fun included. Sunday night Youth Group meetings raise the roof with praise songs accompanied by guitars and drums.
We also enjoy a long choir tradition. Under the guidance of Musical Director Levon Hovsepian, the choir strives to present selections that support the Pastor’s message and enhance the Sunday service. An extensive library that spans several centuries of church music allows the performing of a variety of selections and styles throughout the year. Religious holidays also provide the opportunity for rich musical experiences. The fellowship that comes from praising God together through music elevates the worship service for all involved.
Also, as part of the choir, members add to their repertoire and skill not only through practice, but also collaboration. Ideas for instrumental accompaniment, new music to perform, and new members to come sing with us are always welcome. Have you sung in a choir or chorus at some time in your life, studied an instrument or been told you have a ‘nice’ singing voice? If so, you would likely enjoy the challenge and sociability of the choir. Not sure? Attend a rehearsal or two, no audition is ever required. Please feel free to contact the Director or any choir member after the church service for more information.
In keeping with the progressive needs and changing styles of worship, First Armenian Church has embraced the ever-growing contemporary style by devoting the last Sunday of each month to a more modern approach to worship music. Guitars, bass, piano, and vocals blend under the direction of Worship Leader Nancy Tutunjian Berger to bring a fresh, energetic, and pleasing sound to many of today’s top contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns. With a core band of musicians, vocalists, and a huge selection of music, the contemporary team is happy to rise to the challenge of blending the old and new in a way that is meaningful and inspires the congregation to reflect on the greatness of our Lord, the beauty of relationship with Him, and to invite His Presence in a more real and tangible way. If you prefer a more contemporary approach to worship music, come and join us on the last Sunday of the month; First Armenian Church and the worship team would love to have you celebrate with us. We are also always open to other musicians who would like to join us! (Note: no contemporary Sunday in July and August).
Music Director and Organist Levon Hovsepian holds Master degrees from the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan , Armenia and Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After receiving his Artist Diploma and Masters degree with Honors from Longy, he embarked on an intense performing and teaching career. Levon is passionate about his music ministry and regularly performs in Armenian and non-Armenian churches throughout New England. In his 25 years at First Armenian Church, Levon Hovsepian has aspired to expand the styles of sacred music performed through the choir and contemporary worship band.